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Hereford Highlights | Market Update | Industry Insight Volume 3, Issue 36
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Hereford Highlights

Feedlot 101: What’s Optimal for Hereford Cattle?

The next online Hereford 101 will be Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. CDT. Jim Williams, Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC vice president of supply, will join Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, to discuss the characteristics of Hereford cattle that create value in the feedlot.

In order to view the video, your computer needs to have a broadband connection to the Internet. Dial up Internet will allow you to participate, but will only facilitate the audio portion of the Webinar.

If you go to, you will see an item in the calendar (list of auctions) for Hereford 101. Click on it and you will be prompted to enter a user name and password. If you haven’t previously set up an account you can do so via the Web site. It only takes a minute or two; just click on the “Hereford 101” item, and then on “Create a New User.” It is strongly suggested that you set up an account before the night of the Webinar.

For more information, contact Ward at (816) 842-3757 or

Annual Meeting Details Online

For information on the AHA Annual Meeting, Ladies of the Royal Sale and the Foundation Female auction, see the news releases under “Announcements” on

Running for the Board – Mark Cooper

At the AHA Annual Meeting on Oct. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., six candidates will vie for three positions on the AHA Board of Directors. One candidate will be featured each week for the next six in Hereford eNews. This week, the AHA would like you to meet Mark Cooper.

Mark Cooper, president and manager of Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, Mont., has been involved with registered Hereford cattle for more than 40 years.

“With my background and foresight I hope to help lead the Hereford breed into the future,” Mark says. “I hope as a member of the AHA Board I’ll have the opportunity to make a contribution to the breed and to the breeders who I have had the pleasure of working with throughout the years.”

Mark began working with registered cattle as a young teenager under the guidance of his father, Jack Cooper. He attributes much of his knowledge and success to the years he spent working alongside his father. Mark’s interest in agriculture and love for cattle led him to take courses in agriculture production at Montana State University. While attending school he continued to work part time for his father before returning to the ranch permanently in 1977.

Mark has served on several agricultural boards as president and director. He has also been actively involved in numerous agriculture programs and organizations, including the Gallatin Beef Producers, Montana Stock Growers, Montana and American Hereford associations, Miles City Research Station advisory committee, Montana Beef Producers Association, Montana State University animal and range science beef advisory committee, Park-Gallatin Hereford Association and the Gallatin County Farm Bureau.

He served as president of the Montana Hereford Association for two years and director for six years. In addition, he served as secretary of the Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department and is an active member of the Holy Family Parish.

The Coopers started performance testing in 1957. Since then, Jack and Mark have actively participated in the AHA’s Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program. Their commitment to performance testing and their linebreeding program have continued to give them the superior genetics needed to increase the predictability and uniformity of their herd.

The family began marketing their cattle through production sales in 1967 before hosting their first sale at the ranch in March of 1980. This coming year marks their 41st annual production sale.

The Cooper Hereford Ranch is now managed by Mark and Cristy Cooper and consists of more than 5,000 acres, with 700 acres of grain and 1,000 acres of sprinkle-irrigated cropland. The remaining land is dryland and subirrigated pasture used to feed their 200 head of registered livestock. Along with running successful farming and ranching operations, Mark and Cristy are the parents of four daughters and grandparents of three.

Minnesota Hereford Breeders Annual Tour – Sept. 23

The Minnesota Hereford Breeders have announced plans for their annual tour, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, in south-central Minnesota. The tour will kick off at Schafer Herefords near Buffalo Lake, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. In the afternoon, participants will stop at Stibal Hereford Farm at Lester Prairie, and David & Susan Jones’ of Le Sueur. Other breeders displaying cattle at the three farm stops will be Joy Clobes, Fairfax; Jim and Jeri Hanson, Comfrey; Cro Herefords, Grove City; and the Greg Harris family, Jordan.

Craig Huffhines, AHA executive vice president, will make a presentation on DNA testing and other new technologies in cattle evaluation at 10 a.m. The tour will visit FormAFeed’s facilities at Stewart for a plant tour and noon lunch, and Susan Jones, DVM, will demonstrate ultrasound pregnancy testing during the afternoon stop at her farm.

The Minnesota Beef Cattle Improvement Association will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the morning portion of the tour.

Cost for the tour is $10 with advance notification or $15 the morning of the tour. The fee includes transit on an air-conditioned coach bus, lunch and a chance to win door prizes. Contact Jim or Jeri Hanson at (507) 877-3631 or for more information or to register in advance.

AHW Offers BIF Sponsorship;
Deadline Sept. 15

The American Hereford Women (AHW) will grant a Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Sponsorship annually to one AHA member. AHW will reimburse the recipient after receiving receipts for exact expenses involved in the travel, accommodations and registration (not to exceed $800) to attend the Annual BIF Meeting. The 2007 meeting is scheduled for June 6-9 in Ft. Collins, Colo.

The sponsorship is open to AHA members 23-40 years old. Applicants should complete the sponsorship form posted on the AHW Web site. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15.

An AHW committee will review the applications and select the recipient based on the paperwork received. The winner will be announced in October at the AHA Annual Meeting. For more information, contact Marsha Middleswarth, AHW president, at (307) 532-5427, or any AHW director.

Scholarship Applications Due Sept. 15

Applications for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Memorial scholarships are due Sept. 15. Four $1,250 scholarships and two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) to assist in financing their college education. These scholarships are made possible to NJHA members by Bill and Jo Ellard, EE Ranches Inc.; Bob and Dolores Call, CBY Polled Herefords; Foundation Female Donors; and through contributions to the HYFA.

The Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship applications are also due Sept. 15. Two $1,000 scholarships are available to NJHA members.

For more information, contact Chris Stephens at (816) 842-3757 or

Ned & Jan Ward Polled Herefords
Market Update

Cattle Outlook
Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain
University of Missouri-Columbia

Grimes and Plain offer market updates for the week past each Friday afternoon. To view this information, visit the University of Missouri AgEBB Web site.

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Industry Insight

Building Body Condition This Fall
Important to Next Year’s Success
John Hall
Virginia Tech Department of Animal & Poultry Science

Drought conditions, limited grazing and short hay crops have created a nutritional challenge for most herds this year. Even though managers responded by reducing herd size or increasing supplementation, many cows are entering the early fall in less than optimal body condition. Cows that do not regain body condition by calving season next spring are at risk for producing weak calves, as well as being delayed in rebreeding. Strategies adopted this fall will have a great influence on next year’s calving and rebreeding success.

Cows need to achieve a body condition score of at least 5 (1 = emaciated, 9 = obese) by calving. In good years, cows that are adapted to their environment will gain body condition with limited supplementation. However, this year many cows are thinner than normal, and available fall forage is restricted. In addition, many ranches already have exceeded normal expenditures for supplemental feed.

Fall is the best time to increase body condition in spring-calving cows. Moderate weather conditions result in the lowest maintenance requirements of the year. During most years, the increase in moisture results in increased grazing, especially in the southern and eastern U.S. This year dry conditions call for different strategies.

Early weaning is the most effective tool at the beef producer’s disposal to decrease cow nutrient needs and increase body condition. Multiple research trials demonstrate that weaning 60-90 days early will increase weight gains by 0.5-1.5 lb. per day compared to cows weaned at the normal time. Cows weaned now would gain up to two body condition scores before cold winter weather hit. Winter feed costs would be reduced for these cows because the added insulation of body fat decreases energy needed to maintain body temperature.

Supplementation of cows to increase body condition depends on the forage resource. In general, western range and western grass hays lack protein. Supplementation of 1-1.5 lb. of crude protein in the form of cottonseed cake, range cubes or alfalfa cubes will increase digestibility of western forages, thereby increasing cow weight gain. In some cases, energy levels in western forages may also be limiting, so barley cake or distillers’ grains may be a better option. In contrast, most eastern hays lack energy but have sufficient protein for dry cows. Supplementation of 5-8 lb. of total digestible nutrients (TDN) in the form of soyhulls, corn gluten feed, brewers’ grains or corn will increase cow body condition. Since forages vary greatly from region to region, beef producers are encouraged to consult their local Extension educator or nutritionist about supplementation recommendations for their respective regions.

K-State Beef Stocker Field Day – Sept. 28

The 2006 Beef Stocker Field Day is scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Kansas State University (K-State) Beef Stocker Unit in Manhattan. Speakers will offer practical management tips to help participants optimize their stocker operations. Animal ID discussion is also on the agenda. Cost per participant is $20 until Sept. 14 and $30 at the door. For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at (785) 532-1267 or

Plan Ahead to Attend BEEF Quality Summit – Nov. 14-15

BEEF magazine’s 2006 BEEF Quality Summit is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 in Oklahoma City’s Clarion Hotel. The workshop aims to provide attendees with the background, tools and the environment to make the connections for involvement, and the potential rewards offered, in the new beef-value chain. The first day’s program is devoted to outlining the opportunity available in the new beef-value chain, the second to how to link your production into that chain. For more information, visit the BEEF Conference Web site.

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